How can I do more to help the planet?

Portsmouth City Council debated its use of pesticides at its Full Council meeting on 13 October 2021. You can read the Notice of Motion (no. 12a) here. To watch the discussion tune in here. Read out what’s wrong with pesticides here.

A study by Oxford University has shown that there here has been a 17% drop in meat eating in the UK in the last ten years.  Experts say this need to increase to 30% in the next decade. Find out the benefits of eathing less meatCompassion in World Farming

What is COP26?

About 25,000 people are expected to travel to Glasgow this autumn for the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This will be the 26th Conference of the Parties, also known as COP26, and all 197 states which are parties to the UNFCCC are supposed to be represented. As hosts of COP26, the UK has called for attendees to submit more ambitious emissions reductions targets for 2030 that will help the world reach net zero by mid-century, to raise contributions to climate adaptation and mitigation funds and to finalise the rules which would govern the implementation of the Paris climate agreement made in 2015.

This round of the UN climate talks was originally supposed to take place in 2020, but it was postponed because of the pandemic. Around the main talks, from October 31 to November 12 2021, Scotland’s largest city will host a series of meetings and events between world leaders, scientists and civil society groups.

In a year plagued by catastrophic floods, wildfires and heatwaves, the need to act on climate change has never been more urgent. 

We’re lucky in Portsmouth to have quite a few shops that can help us lower our carbon footprint. Here are a few of them listed below.

Portsmouth Climate Action Board – find out what’s happening locally to reduce carbon emissions.

Recycle at home

Portsmouth Repair Café

Love Food, Hate Waste

Oceans. Get plastic-free toilet paper that’s been produced in the UK.

8 lazy ways to be environmentally-friendly (Friends of the Earth)

WWF Carbon Calculator

Eat more plant-based food.

The guide to freeing your soil by Depaving.

Top tips to shopping organic on a budget.

Top tips to recuing your carbon footprint.

This is obviously not an exhaustive list. Let us know what links you’d like to share – using the comment form or by emailing